Recruitment and Retention Action Plan

Read about how to develop each part of a plan, then scroll down, and click on the buttons to fill in a sample plan.
1) Identify "big picture" aims
Each aim should address a need identified by data collection and analysis. It should be a general statement, and yet specific enough to be achievable within a reasonable period of time. Action Plans typically have three to five aims.
2) Develop specific objectives
Specific objectives should be practical, reachable goals that are measurable. In this case, the team will be able to determine whether the objective was reached completely or partially during a 12-month period.
3) Propose strategies that are likely to lead to achievement of the objective
Research multiple options – Best practice suggests that you use evidenced-informed strategies. Is there a new tool or technology that can be helpful with your current aim?

Revisit past ideas as possibilities – What have you learned as part of your overall experience in the field?

Build on existing information, knowledge, and momentum such as:
  • Your agency's mission, core values, and practices for children and families
  • Relevant agency-wide efforts (e.g., practice model, special initiatives)
  • Prior successes and lessons learned, including insights from Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)
  • Existing partnerships and community relationships
  • Any current requirements related to recruitment, development, or support of families
4) Determine the specific tasks required
Tasks are the "actions" of the Action Plan. Tasks define the actual work that will be done in order to accomplish the larger objectives and aims. Tasks should be as specific as possible.
5) Who, what, and when
Decide who will execute each task. To encourage buy-in, all relevant team members should be involved in carrying out different parts of the plan.

Timelines help to move the work forward. As each task is added, include a realistic timeline for the completion of that specific task. The timeline is an estimate, and this information can be shifted as needed, but the Action Plan should capture the intended completion date of each task.
6) Outcome
Document results or progress towards major objectives of the plan.
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